The Rising Popularity of Memoirs: Could Your Journal Become a Memoir?

by Emma Crosby

msayocac_fcMemoirs are continuing to increase in popularity amongst the book-purchasing public. In fact, Mark Singel’s memoir, a Year of Change and Consequences became the Sunbury Press Bestseller for November 2016. As interest in pop culture and the cult of celebrity continues to fascinate, it stands to reason that the memoirs of the famous and other public figures will attract mainstream attention. But it is not just the memoirs of the famous that have the potential to hold attention: the personal nature of written memoirs appeals to the natural voyeur inside most of us, and if you have an interesting story to tell, and are prepared to share your first person perspective and insights with a plethora of hungry strangers then it is likely that you will find an audience that want to discover that story. America craves confessionals, and the written memoir appeals to this desire, making it a market that is ripe for would-be writers to explore and make their mark.

Why Are Memoirs so Popular?

We live in a society where conspiracy theories abound, where scandals break in the mass media on a daily basis, and where there is a constant undercurrent that the American public is being lied to: the raw honesty of memoir serves to counterbalance this, and it is thought that this is why the market is growing at such a rapid rate. Ironically, the demand for memoir has become so great, that many novelists are now positioning their fiction to appear as memoir in order to capture an already captivated audience (thus infiltrating a market built on honesty with the perception of unintentional dishonesty) making those producing genuine memoirs in even greater demand.

Making a Memoir

tjcl_fcThe key to writing a good memoir is that it must be authentic and that it must be true: true to your story, true to your voice, and to where you have come from. Memoir enthusiasts can generally tell the difference between a story that is being told in truth and one that is being exaggerated, and for that market a simple truth will always be more appealing that a convoluted lie. Many memoirs begin life as journals that were never necessarily intended to be read by others, which is an interesting dimension shift. Memoirs that begin life in this way often have a raw realism that appeals to the audiences desire for true confessionals: to become a part of someone else’s reality. There are many benefits of writing a journal, besides the potential to turn that journal into a memoir and step onto the path towards fame and fortune.

Journal writing can be a cathartic experience and is often chosen by teens and young adults as a way to express themselves and deal with the confusion of growing up. Other groups use the cathartic nature of journaling, and well as its emotional disengagement, to help them process their thoughts and feelings: individuals in recovery from drug or alcohol abuse, for example, as well as those building a new life away from abusive or damaging relationships. Whilst your journal is unlikely to be publishable in its current form, a journal can be a very useful base for a memoir as reading it can help to jog your memory about your thoughts, feelings and experiences, as well as providing a useful timeline of events for you to continue to refer back to. Journal writing is also a useful way to hone your writing skills and to find your own unique voice: it is recommended as best practice for all would-be writers who have visions of creating their own memoir or other non-fiction work.

As publishers of memoir we have a unique insight into both how and why its authors choose to tell their stories, as well as into what the memoir reading public are looking for from their next bestseller. Memoir is about connections: the reader connects with the writer by understanding their story, building empathy for them, feeling that they have entered their world. In a society where are lives are so busy, and these connections are often left unmade in the wider community, these hair thin bonds become stronger and more important than ever.

Mark Singel's memoir is Sunbury Press bestseller for November

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for November. Former Acting Governor Mark Singel’s memoir A Year of Change and Consequences took the top spot. Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper by Beth Lancione was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for November, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 A Year if Change and Consequences Mark Singel Memoir
2 7 Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
3 NEW Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
4 3 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
5 As the Paint Dries: The History of the Art Association of Harrisburg Carrie Wissler-Thomas & Michael Barton Local History
6 11 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
7 The Penns Manor of Spread Eagle … Steve Troutman Local History
8 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
9 17 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
10 4 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
11 46 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
12 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L Moore History
13 16 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
14 15 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
15 13 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
16 14 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
17 24 Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
18 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
19 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalp John L Moore History
20 34 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
21 1 Hatched Robert Barksy Literary Fiction
22 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
23 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman Local History
24 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
25 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
26 The German and Welsh Origins of the Charles and Lottie Fetterolf Steve Troutman Genealogy
27 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
28 40 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
29 33 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
30 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
31 Capital Murder Chris Papst Local History
32 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
33 47 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
34 Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
35 42 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
36 32 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
37 50 The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey Lawrence Knorr History
38 Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
39 28 Hidden Dangers Bob Stout Geopolitics
40 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
41 31 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
42 Franni and the Duke Anne E Johnson YA Fiction
43 Pink Flamingos All Around Matt Anderson Childrens
44 22 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill Biography
45 Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
46 Keystone Tombstones Sports Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
47 2 The Journey Called Life Christina Burns Memoir
48 39 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
49 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History
50 10 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction

msayocac_fcMark Singel’s political memoir A Year of Change and Consequences was #1 due to author events during election season. Beth Lancione’s Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper took #2 thanks to holiday orders. Steven K Wagner’s biography Seinsoth about the Dodger who almost was, debuted at #3. Lawrence Knorr’s Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib – The Youngest Player in American League History continued to sell briskly due to seasonal interest, taking #4. Carrie Wissler-Thomas’ As the Paint Dries was lifted by gallery sales to #5.

The company released two new titles in November:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for November, 2016
Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
The Book of Practical Wisdom Terry Ray Quotes

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

Mark Singel's memoir leads the polls as the Sunbury Press bestseller for August

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for August. Mark Singel’s political memoir A Year of Change and Consequences took the top spot. Wonder Boy by Lawrence Knorr was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for August, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 3 A Year of Change & Consequences Mark Singel Political Memoir
2 1 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
3 19 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
4 5 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
5 NEW Hatched Robert Barksy Literary Fiction
6 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Thriller Fiction
7 10 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
8 9 Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
9 6 The Savage Apostle John Kachuba Historical Fiction
10 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
11 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
12 22 Bitter Sweet Catherine Jordan et al. Short Stories
13 NEW Taking Lady Gibraltar Dick Schwirian Historical Fiction
14 18 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
15 The Mask of Minos Robert Walton Thriller Fiction
16 Fatal Snow Robert Walton Thriller Fiction
17 12 Dying for Vengeance J M West Thriller Fiction
18 23 Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Thriller Fiction
19 7 Maybe Tomorrow Mela Suśe Vigil Duran Carvalko Memoir
20 Of Guilt and Innocence John Scanlan Thriller Fiction
21 Home Is a Long Time Ago William F Lee Historical Fiction
22 4 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
23 A Moment in the Sun Tory Gates YA Fiction
24 2 The Gingerbread Man’s School Adventure Sherri Maret Childrens
25 13 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
26 Courting Doubt and Darkness J M West Thriller Fiction
27 16 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
28 Pink Flamingos All Around Matt Anderson Childrens
29 Stink Bomb Ricky Bruce YA Fiction
30 14 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
31 26 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
32 NEW Ice Canyon Monster Keith Rommel Climate Fiction
33 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill Biography
34 21 Hidden Dangers Bob Stout Geopolitics
35 Well I’ll Be Hanged: Early Capital Punishment in Nebraska Tim Dempsey History
36 32 Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess Barbara Trainin Blank Biography
37 15 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
38 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
39 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scouts John L Moore History
40 Darkness and First Light J M West Thriller Fiction
41 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
42 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
43 24 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
44 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L Moore History
45 36 Lost in the Shadow of Fame William Lemanski History
46 48 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
47 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
48 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
49 20 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
50 Prince and the Paupers Guy Graybill Biography

msayocac_fcMark Singel’s memoir “A Year of Change and Consequences” was #1 due to media attention and planned events. Lawrence Knorr’s “Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib – The Youngest Player in American League History” continued to sell briskly due to seasonal interest. Brad Bumsted’s expose “Keystone Corruption Continues” showed #3 due to interest in the Kathleen Kane trial, and Brad’s numerous media appearances. July’s #1 by Michele Livingston – “Living in the Afterlife” – continued to sell well, holding at #4. Her “Messages from Beyond” nabbed the 49th spot. Robert Barsky’s new novel “Hatched” debuted at #5 thanks to release publicity.

The company released two new titles in August:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for August, 2016
Hatched Robert Barksy Literary Fiction
My Brother’s Mountain John Timmerman YA Fiction

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

"Wonder Boy" caps wonderful month as Sunbury Press bestseller for July

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for July. Lawrence Knorr’s baseball biography of Carl Scheib, Wonder Boy, took the top spot. The Gingerbread Man’s School Adventure by Sherri Maret was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 7 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
2 NEW The Gingerbread Man’s School Adventure Sherri Maret Childrens
3 2 A Year of Change & Consequences Mark Singel Political Memoir
4 10 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
5 1 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
6 The Savage Apostle John Kachuba Historical Fiction
7 NEW Maybe Tomorrow Mela Suśe Vigil Duran Carvalko Memoir
8 The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Mahantango Valley Steve Troutman History
9 NEW Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
10 20 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
11 24 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
12 Dying for Vengeance J M West Thriller Fiction
13 26 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
14 19 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
15 30 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
16 13 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
17 There Is Something about Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
18 21 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
19 NEW Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
20 4 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
21 29 Hidden Dangers Bob Stout Geopolitics
22 3 Bitter Sweet Catherine Jordan et al. Short Stories
23 Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Thriller Fiction
24 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
25 Adventures in Distant and Remote Places William Lemanski Memoir
26 22 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
27 25 OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan & Ruth Watson Metaphysical Fiction
28 The Politics of Prevailing William Miller Memoir
29 11 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
30 The 10 Second Shift Bill Foley Self-Help
31 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George P Donehoo History
32 Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess Barbara Trainin Blank Biography
33 Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley History
34 23 Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
35 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Joe Farrell, Joe Farley & Lawrence Knorr History
36 Lost in the Shadow of Fame William Lemanski History
37 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller
38 The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch Max Klinger Genealogy
39 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
40 Howl of a Thousand Winds Morris Workman Thriller Fiction
41 8 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
42 Keep It Blue Haley Dean Literary Fiction
43 27 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
44 Flying Pants Lola James Childrens
45 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations Lawrence Knorr, Michael Riley, & Diane Watson History
46 The Hidden Legacy of World War II Carol Schultz Vento History
47 Rabid Philanderers, Inc. Nancy Williams Thriller Fiction
48 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
49 Between Good and Evil R Michael Phillips Detective Thriller
50 Fireproof Moth Milo Thornberry History

wb_fcLawrence Knorr’s “Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib – The Youngest Player in American League History” nabbed the top spot thanks to a well-attended event in Gratz, PA honoring the former Philadelphia Athletic. The event also received substantial media attention. Knorr also grabbed #17 with “There is Something about Rough and Ready,” #35 with “Keystone Tombstones Civil War” in tandem with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley, and #45 with “General John Reynolds.” Sherri Maret’s new childrens hardcover “The Gingerbread Man’s School Adventure” placed thanks to advance purchases. Mark Singel’s memoir “A Year of Change and Consequences” held strong at #3 due to media attention and planned events. Alan Mindell’s “The B Team” #4 and “The Closer” #14 continue to benefit from author events. Last month’s #1 by Michele Livingston – “Living in the Afterlife” – continued to sell well, holding at #5. Her “Messages from Beyond” nabbed the 20th spot.

The company debuted a top 50 bestseller list this month. History / Memoir / Biography / Genealogy titles took 25 of the positions. Thriller Fiction was the next most prevelant category.

The company released eight new titles in July:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for July, 2016
The Gingerbread Man’s School Adventure Sherri Maret Childrens
Maybe Tomorrow Mela Suśe Vigil Duran Carvalko Memoir
Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
The Making of a Don Charles Ursitti Thriller Fiction
Franni and the Duke Ann E Johnson YA Fiction
Ice Canyon Monster Keith Rommel Climate Fiction
Taking Lady Gibraltar Dick Schwirian Historical Fiction

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

Michele Livingston's "Living in the Afterlife" is the Sunbury Press bestseller for June

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for June. Michele Livingston’s record of her channeled spirit encounters, Living in the Afterlife earned the top spot. A Year of Change and Consequences by former governor Mark Singel was second.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for June, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
2 NEW A Year of Change & Consequences Mark Singel Political Memoir
3 NEW Bitter Sweet Catherine Jordan et al. Short Stories
4 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
5 1 What Do You Say? James Campbell Pastoral Resources
6 What Springs from Rain? Lindsay Lough Nature
7 NEW Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
8 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
9 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
10 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
11 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
12 The Phoenician Code Karim El Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
13 15 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
14 4 Israel Under Siege Scot McCauley Espionage Fiction
15 9 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
16 Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Medical Memoir
17 19 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
18 Dinorific Poetry Volume 1 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
19 20 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
20 8 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
21 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
22 23 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
23 3 Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
24 2 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
25 NEW OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan & Ruth Watson Metaphysical Fiction
26 11 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
27 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
28 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
29 Hidden Dangers Bob Stout Geopolitics
30 24 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History

lita_fcMichele Livingston’s “Living in the Afterlife” debuted in the top spot thanks to advance sales prior to her appearance at the Lily Dale Assembly in Lily Dale, NY in July. Her “Messages from Beyond” also took #4. Former Pennsylvania governor Mark Singel’s new release, “A Year of Change and Consequences”shot out of the gate to #2 thanks to attention in the press. “Bitter Sweet,” the short story anthology shepherded by editor Catherine Jordan, who led the writing workshop at the Fredericksen Library in Camp Hill, rocketed to #3 due to strong sales at the library’s release celebration. All author proceeds and profits were donated to the library. “What Do You Say?,” last month’s bestseller, hung onto #5 thanks to author activities. The late Lindsay Lough’s previously discontinued pictorial compilation of the Ecuadoran rain forest, “What Springs of Rain,” placed at #6 thanks to a large order from the family to be shared in remembrance with those who attended her memorial service. Lawrence Knorr’s “Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib” took #7 in advance of the book release party in Gratz in early July. Kyle Romines “The Keeper of the Crows” returned to the rankings at #8 thanks to author activities. “The Blue Ground,” by Joe Harvey, grabbed #9 as interest increased thanks to reviews. Alan Mindell’s “The B Team” took #10 and “The Closer” #19 thanks to author appearances in southern California. Karim El Koussa netted #11 and #12 with “Jesus the Phoenician” and “The Phoenician Code” thanks to export orders. Anthony Julian’s “Pit Bulls” held at #13 as interest in the breed continues to be strong. Admiral McCauley’s international thriller “Israel Under Siege” slipped to #14 following his book release party at Bay Books in Coronado, California. Bridget Smith’s historical fiction “Where Elephants Fought,” about a Confederate general, rode in at #15 as the author continued her speaking rounds. Ken Mercurio’s “Head Over Wheels,” recounting his cycling mishap and subsequent medical recovery, returned to the rankings at #16 due to seasonal interest. Sheldon Munn’s “Freemasons at Gettysburg” held at #17 thanks to steady orders from gift shops in Gettysburg. The Sgrignoli’s “Dinorific Poetry Volume 1” re-appeared in the rankings at #18 thanks to author activities. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” continues to sell well at #20 as readers acquire this second edition. Sue Fox McGovern’s “Raising Monarchs,” instructing us how to save the butterfly species, charted at #21 thanks to sales to lawn and garden stores in the midwest. Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao” moved up to #22 due to continued interest in the subject matter. M A Richards’ spy thriller “A Choice of Enemies” slid to #23 as his tour of bookstores in the northeast wound down. “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick held at #24 due to sales in New Mexico. “OneWay: The Oracle” by Robin McClellan and Ruth Watson debuted at #25 thanks to interest in the Harrisburg area. Joe Fair’s Viet Nam memoir “Call Sign Dracula” continues to sell well among the veterans, ranking #26. Sherry Knowlton’s publicity efforts yielded #27 & #28 for “Dead of Autumn” and “Dead of Summer.” Increasing concern about tensions at the Mexican border has caused Bob Stout’s “Hidden Danger” to rise onto the chart at #29. Michael Hawley’s “The Ripper’s Haunts” held on at #30 as it continues to get interest from Ripper fans.

The company released four new titles in June:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for June, 2016
OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan & Ruth Watson Metaphysical Fiction
Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
A Year of Change & Consequences Mark Singel Political Memoir
Bitter Sweet Catherine Jordan et al. Short Stories

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

Mark Singel recalls the fast-paced events of 1993 in new memoir

HARRISBURG, Pa.  — Sunbury Press has released A Year of Change and Consequences, former acting Governor Mark SIngel’s recollection of the events of 1993.

msayocac_fcAbout the Book:
Mark Singel, a Johnstown native and Penn State graduate, won election as Lieutenant Governor in 1986 as Robert Casey’s running mate. In 1993, Governor Casey was stricken with Appalachian familial amyloidosis, a rare and usually fatal liver disorder. The governor required a multiple organ transplant, which was still experimental at that time. While the governor was incapacitated and recovering, Mark Singel became the acting Governor of Pennsylvania. This book is Mark Singel’s recollection of the events that year.

About the Author:
Mark Singel served as Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 through 1995 and, for a period of time, Acting Governor of the Commonwealth. The only person in Pennsylvania history to serve an extended time as Acting Governor, Singel received high marks for his stewardship. He led the state by enacting the first modern workers’ compensation reform package, refinanced the state’s park system through the “Key 93” program, and helped launch the high-tech era with landmark telecommunications legislation. He was also instrumental in reducing state and local taxes, the implementation of a statewide 911 emergency phone system, and the creation of thousands of new jobs in recycling and environmental technologies. He was the original author of the state’s mortgage assistance bill that has saved 50,000 Pennsylvania homes.

Prior to his terms as Lieutenant Governor, Singel served six years in the Pennsylvania State Senate and was chief of staff to two members of the U.S. Congress.

Singel ran for U.S. Senate in 1992 and for Governor in 1994. He served as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party from 1995-1998 and was the President of Pennsylvania’s Electoral College in January, 1997. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention five times from 1992 through 2016.

55Singel founded The Winter Group in February, 2005 and has developed it into one of the most effective and prestigious government relations firms in the state. He continues to provide consulting services to clients in retail, hospitality and gaming, manufacturing, technology, energy, non-profits, and health care fields. Recent successes include a ban on public smoking, legislation to address child sexual abuse, and consumer protection in health care settings.

Singel served as Chair of Pennsylvanians for Judicial Reform which was instrumental in bringing talented, progressive jurists to the state’s Supreme Court.

Singel has served in various capacities with Pennsylvania’s governors and decision-makers and maintains strong personal and political ties with leaders at all levels today.

A magna cum laude graduate of Penn State, Singel continues to teach at the Harrisburg campus and other universities. He has served on the Boards of Penn State and St. Francis Universities and holds several honorary doctorate degrees. Singel is currently active with Harrisburg University and is a regular commentator on local and statewide political broadcast programs. He is a sought-after speaker at both political and academic events and is active in numerous community and philanthropic activities.

Singel has been married to Jacqueline for 40 years and has three children: Allyson, Jonathan, and Christopher. He has three grandchildren: Thomas, Felicity, and Henry Boots.

A Year of Change and Consequences
Authored by Mark Singel
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 300 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (May 26, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620066955
ISBN-13: 978-1620066959
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / State

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/A-Year-of-Change-and-Con…